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  • I'm often asked about my own dolls houses, I have seven at the moment, I did go down to five a couple of years ago, then the Manor House - it was way too big; and so I had it in mind to ask my poor husband to chop the end off!! at 56 inches - it had too big a footprint and the end section was crying out to be cut off and converted to a cottage - honest! Anyway, thats just what we did towards the end of last year. Can't believe I'm referring to 2017 as last year. I also acquired a Sid Cooke in December, I'd always wanted one and have been looking for some time being as they are no longer available, so there you go - seven...

    The image shows the two that 'live' on display downstairs; they are by Mike Marsden, Yesteryear Homes. 'Merrydown Market' is my favourite, its been kept in its Tudor style; and the longer Manor House is called 'Chalfont Manor' this is the one thats had the end section cut off so I have a cottage at long last!

    Dolls House Yesteryear Homes Chalfont Manor Merrydown Market Carol Cook

     

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    I realise it's been a while since I came to say 'hi'...

    What's been happening?... Well, the best thing that's happened is this new PC! Yayyy! The old one was around fifteen years old - my husband had it built for me; and it was no longer up to date in so, so many ways, that at some point you know you just have to let go. I still have it, as I am slowly moving all the stuff from one to another, when time allows. This one is a dream! It also means that at some point, I'll be able to get my online store back up and running - the old PC just didn't want to 'play' anymore; and became just about impossible to use when it came to updating my web and such like.

    Mini-wise - I'm currently creating a small batch of Tudor 'meats', the ones that fit on Sussex Craft spits; and after that I will be picking up where I left off with my planned new creations... I'm going to be a tease and not tell you what they are!! A little complex, but hopefully worthwhile; and when I'm happy with the results - you will be the first to see...

    Here's an oldie but goodie... Sorry - I cannot take orders on the little box of cupcakes at present.

    Bye for now!

    Fake Food, Dolls House, Carol Cook, Miniature Food Artist

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    I can't believe how quickly this year is passing by - from one Christmas to the next - where does it go? I'm currently 'juggling' orders/commissions; and therefore cannot start any more until June - you're welcome to email me to discuss any requirements, but I won't be able to consider starting any further enquiries until June... Ive just too much to do miniatures-wise at present... phew!

    Thought I'd show you some teeny tiny shoes I was asked to create alongside the ever-popular 'single toggle latchett' shoes and a belt with accessories - quite a task - but well worth it!

    Gosh, I've just thought, Easter will be here before we know it...

    Tudor / Medieval Shoes

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    I've been really busy, we had our annual summer holiday in France at the start of July - really enjoyable; and as we were really close to the border with Switzerland, we spent quite a lot of time border hopping... I fell in love with the beautiful cows parading around with bells around their necks - I've always known they've worn them, but completely unaware as to the constant tinkling and the differing sizes of bells, creating quite a melodic wall of sound in every passing field. Just wonderful...

    Having an online presence seems to be time consuming these days... There is my website to update, this blog; twitter and facebook; pinterest, flicker and instagram; googleplus and blogger and I'm sure there must be more! so, as you can probably guess, the past year I've shoved my head in the sand and hoped they would all go away (just kidding) - however - at what point do you say "How can I manage all these places to update?" Sincere apologies, but a lot of the time the mini's do and must come first for obvious reasons; and yes I know I must try harder...

    Stepping back a while - what about the heat we had! Talk about 'phew!' - there was one particular afternoon it reached 37 degrees in my workroom (I have images to prove it LoL) so it was one step forward and quite a few back during our unusual heatwave. Not complaining though!

    That's it for now I think and I have to keep reminding myself of the comment above methinks... 'Must Try Harder' - sounds a bit like one of my Junior School teacher's comments, I think it must've been made about my History lessons, I did so hate 'Kings & Queens' and dates, I guess it must be an aquired taste as you get older...

    1:12 Grapes in the making...

    miniature grapes, dolls house food, fake food, Carol Cook

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    Cool and raining... Can we please, please have some sun?!

    It's been ages since I wrote in here, I know... all kinds of 'stuff' has been going on (including having the flu twice!?) - I NEVER catch colds, but after the two bouts of flu - it was amusing to say the least and nothing more than a mild and mere hindrance...

    My 'big PC' as I have always referred to it, is no longer happy on the internet - all manner of alerts telling me to upgrade this - I wont work if you don't do this (LoL) and all the rest of the 'modern technology issues' confirming my often used phrase "What price modern technology?" But, after fifteen years of truly wonderful service - I can still use it for artworks and my photo's, archives - and so on. It was built for specifically for me; and I still like it. However, I have had to buy something to be able to update my website and related things. A used MacBook seemed a great option, bought an older refurb, so here I am. My iPad wasn't powerful enough to update everything and this is! Yayyyy!

    I broke my favourite macro lens on my camera, that was so, soooo frustrating, I managed to replace that last month, settling for a refurbed Nikon lens instead of the usual Sigma I've bought the past couple of years - absolutely love it! The thing is, I don't have my beloved Photoshop on this MacBook, as it's for PC, so that's the only downside - I can't edit photo's and pop them straight on.

    Already started working towards my next show, plus commissions and smaller orders, as most of my OOAK's went at Kensington Dollshouse Festival last weekend... I was so complacent on arrival last Thursday evening, I walked up the steps to the stage to set-up, only to find I had been moved... That'll teach me not to look before I go! Won't do that again she says eyes rolling. I'm guessing a couple of orders for collection from the said show were due to not finding me - all is not lost - I'll bring them to the next one.

    That's it for today then, I was going to upload an image, but I don't seem to have that one sussed... Next time!

    Bye for now...

     

     

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